Sweet-natured, vibrantly brilliant rainbow lorikeets are long-lived, medium-sized parrots that grow to just over a foot long from the beak to the tail feathers. They are busybodies that like to be in the midst of the action. Of the seven species of lorikeet that reside in Australia, the rainbow lorikeet is most commonly known.
Rainbow Lorikeets Temperament
Speech and Vocalizations
Caring for a Rainbow Lorikeet
Overall, rainbow lorikeets are excellent pets for those who have plenty of free time to spend with them. Rainbow lorikeets love to play and need to be provided with plenty of toys to keep their minds and beaks busy.
These birds need a large flight cage or aviary. The minimum size for a cage should 4 feet long by 2 feet wide and 3 feet tall. The cage should be sturdy, metal construction—steer clear of wooden cages, which can be torn apart by their beaks.
While cleaning up after any pet bird can be quite a mess, lorikeets can get messy due to their liquid-based diets. When choosing a location for a lorikeet’s cage, it’s essential to place the cage in an area where there is no carpet and where the floors and walls can be easily wiped clean. Many people line their walls with plastic sheeting to protect their walls due to the bird droppings. This smart species can be potty trained to control where the bird does its toileting.
Since a lorikeet’s diet consists mainly of sugary nectars that are prone to bacterial growth, clean their food cups within two hours of feeding to prevent bacterial infections.